Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

December 11, 2009 11:01 ET

Canada's Government Awards Contract for 8 Wing Trenton Defence Infrastructure Project

8 WING TRENTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 11, 2009) - The Government of Canada has awarded a contract to Bird Construction Company of Etobicoke, Ont., for the construction of the Electrical and Mechanical Engineering and Transportation Garage at 8 Wing Trenton. This contract award brings economic benefits to the region, generating approximately 200 direct employment opportunities over the course of this work.

"As part of the Canada First Defence Strategy, this Government continues to deliver on its commitment to providing modernized infrastructure for the Canadian Forces," said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway. "Awarding this contract not only provides economic opportunities for the local community, but ensures our military men and women have the facilities they need to do their jobs."

The 452 m2 single consolidated facility will house and support all electrical and mechanical engineering and transport activity at 8 Wing Trenton and help amalgamate the chain of command and fleet/equipment management functions. Construction of the new facility will start in December 2009, with completion expected by summer 2012.

The Government of Canada conducted open, fair, and transparent competitive processes to award the contract for $38.2 million for the construction of the electrical and mechanical engineering and transportation garage at 8 Wing Trenton.

In line with the Canada First Defence Strategy, there is a need to update and replace dated defence infrastructure to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The Government's significant investments in defence infrastructure provide economic benefits to communities across Canada.

The Department of National Defence holds a large number of properties all across the country to support the Canadian Forces, including some 21,000 buildings, 2.25 million hectares of land, 5,500 km of roads, and 3,000 km of water, storm, and sewer pipes.

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